The Harriers met their match in this Worthington Cup 1st rd tie at the City Ground, Nottingham. They were treated to a slick display of football by this young Forest side that surely must be in with a chance of honours this season.
Lets hope that we came away having learnt something from this because at times we were made to look third rate.
Forest's first effort on goal came as early as the sixth minute when Ricardo Scimeca hit the post with a 25yd free kick that Stuart Brock could only stand and watch. The same player then came close again when he exchanged passes with Johnson before forcing Brockie into a save to his left.
Scimeca was again given a shooting opportunity after a foul by Sean Parrish on Eugene Bopp. This time Scimeca blasted his effort over the bar.
Forest were playing with confidence and the Harriers weren't getting a look in, but at least we weren't making any mistakes at the back. Up front we were having a less than conspicious time.
First a shot from Bo Henriksen flew high into the stand and then a 25yd shot from Danny Williams rolled aimlessly past the upright.
Forest opened the scoring midway through the first half when Jim Brennan supplied a cross to the head of Jack Lester who was loitering at the near post. Brockie was left stranded as his header hit the back of the net.
The lead was doubled for Forest in the closing minutes of the first half when Scimeca popped up again but this time his powerful drive was unstoppable and Brock stood no chance
HT. 2 - 0
The game restarted but by the 51st minute it was all over for us. David Johnson nodded home Craig Westcarr's perfect cross to put Forest 3 clear goals up and the game out of our reach.
Our first shot on target came just after but Sean Parrishs' 25yd effort was easily saved by Ward in goal for the home side. Then we won our first corner but it was easily cleared by the well drilled Forest defence.
On 69 minutes Forest finished us off with a penalty awarded when Sean Parrish tripped Bopp in the area. The penalty was stroked home by Lester for his second goal of the night.
Harriers had already substituted Bo for Sam Shilton and towards the end gave a first showing for Scott Lower who was to replace Ian Foster. Daire Doyle replaced Andy Ducros at the same time. Doyle was to blot his copy book seconds from the end when he was booked for a foul on Bopp.
So the Reds went out of the Worthington Cup in the 1st round for the third year running but at least we have always done so against good, hard to beat, teams. First Walsall then Preston and now Forest. One day we might draw an easy side and be able to progress further.